The Academy By DivaBee
Meet Our Teachers
Jalyn Courtenay Webb
True West Award (Audience Favorite): Best Supporting Actress, Les Miserables
Di Smice Award – Favorite Faculty Member 2018, UNC Department of Theatre and Dance
The Academy by Divabee is a place where kids of all ages can learn about performance, music, dance, acting, and most importantly- kindness. We seek to create a space of positivity, inclusivity and friendship.
Jalyn has her B.A from the University of Northern Colorado, and postgraduate studies in Music Education. She was a teacher at Traut Core Knowledge ( formerly Washington Core ) and created lesson plans that were selected to be presented at the National Core Knowledge Convention. She currently is on the faculty at UNC and teaches in the Music Theatre Department.
Jill Van Orden
Susanna Ballenski Houdesheldt has been classically trained in dance at The Edge Performer Arts Center in Los Angeles, musical theatre at The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City, and gymnastics and aerial arts in Denver. Recent performance credits include Guinevere in “Camelot,” Lucy Harris in “Jekyll and Hyde” and Lila Dixon in “Holiday Inn”(CDP). She has choreographed numerous competitive dance routines as well as “Legally Blonde Jr.” at Candlelight Dinner Playhouse. Susanna is thrilled have the opportunity to teach again, and cannot wait to get dancing with her students.
Taylor Marrs is elated to be returning this semester to explore performing with the Academy’s wonderful young artists! You may recognize him from Fort Collins productions of Ragtime (Father), Grease (
With 12 years of professional work under his belt, he brings many artistic skill sets to share with our camp. Singer. Actor. Dancer. Costumer. Wig Designer. You name it, he can do it, or figure it out quick. Growing up in his local community theatre (in a camp much like ours) and performing arts schools, he learned that to be able to work successfully and full time in the arts he would have to acquire many skills in the field. Now he gets the chance to share all those things with the future of the arts, your talented youngsters!!!
Lincoln Brandt is currently a sophomore at CSU, studying music education. He has been involved in Academy and Arts Reach Center productions since elementary school, and grew to love theater and music while participating in the performance and the production of shows. He has now directed music for multiple Academy shows, such as Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat and Peter Pan. He is passionate about music and committed to leaving everyone he teaches with a new appreciation for music and performance!
Lincoln also offers private instruction in piano, voice, guitar, AND music theory!
$25 per half hour
$45 per hour
Seth Private Acting Coach
Colten Private Vocal Instructor
Colten Blair is a native Coloradoan who, until recently, was maintaining an active teaching, performing, and auditioning schedule in New York City. He is a graduate of the NYU Steinhardt Master’s of Music Program in Vocal Performance (Musical Theatre) and Vocal Pedagogy, with years of experience teaching voice. Colten holds two Bachelor’s degrees from Northern Arizona University: Vocal Performance (Classical Voice/Opera), and a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology.
Pre-COVID, Colten was seen traveling the country in the National Tour of The Sound of Music, as Rolf, as well as a member of the ensemble. He got his Equity card playing Young Ralph/the Young Man in Joe Dipietro’s play The Last Romance, playing opposite the likes of P.J. Benjamin and Louisa Flaningam at Vero Beach’s esteemed Riverside Theatre in Florida. Other favorite roles include Link Larkin in NYU Tisch’s Hairspray! Albert Lennox in The Secret Garden, Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore, Edwin/The Defendant in Trial By Jury and Prince Philippe in A Dinner Engagement.
He loves helping singers of all ages and types unlock their individual instruments, and believes that by establishing a healthy technical foundation, anyone is capable of singing in all manner of styles. He seeks to empower every singer he works with, and provide them with knowledge and skills for a lifetime of music-making.
Along with this unparalleled musical theatre training, we offer the chance to “be seen” by other professionals in the business (agents, casting directors, choreographers, composers, directors, producers) .We offer multiple productions each year!
COVID-19 Safety Protocols
-All State and County mandates will be followed.
-Temperature checks upon Arrival
-Social-distancing as necessary
-Strict Adherence to staying home if you do not feel well at all - this is SUPER important!
-Regular cleaning and sanitizing throughout the day
What should students bring to class?
-Appropriate shoes - dance shoes or clean close-toed shoes you can move in. We have a dance floor that REQUIRES new, soft-soled shoes. Outdoor shoes cannot be worn!
-Any materials that your teacher may give you (always a good idea to have a binder or folder for papers)
-a good attitude!
How do I register for camps and classes?
If you are a new student, please create an account here.
Specific registration information can be found on the 'Our Classes' page or at the top of this page.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you need to cancel your registration.
10-week or semester classes and productions can be cancelled for account credit for future classes and camps.
Summer camp productions have specific dates for cancelling for a refund with deposit or account credit. Please visit the detailed Summer Camp pages for those dates.